Why 'Cravey' Over Morrison?

RECEIVED Mon., April 28, 2008

Dear Editor,
    I read the “'Chronicle' Endorsements” [News, April 25] and was surprised to see that you picked Laura Morrison over Robin Cravey in Place 4. Everything you wrote about Cravey made him seem like the natural choice for Chronicle readers. I feel I've wandered into an alternative universe when you pick an engineer, and the Statesman goes with the environmentalist.
    Can you tell us who makes the pick for your paper and how you arrived at this one?
Jim Cullers
   [News Editor Michael King responds: The Chronicle editorial board (for endorsement purposes) included the publisher, news editors and managing editor, and news staff (in all about 10 people, with multiple perspectives). We meet with and report on the viable candidates, we meet together and via e-mail, we discuss and argue and debate, we make the best consensus choice we can among the candidates, and then draft an endorsement that we can all subscribe to. In the particular case of the Place 4 seat, we would refer readers to our full endorsement (posted online) and simply add that we don't think it's fair to either of these candidates (or the others) to reduce the entire discussion to "an engineer" vs. "an environmentalist."]
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